Lisa Hittle Jazz

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A fantastic Jazz Quartet featuring the following performers:

  • Fred Bonner - drums & vocal
  • Jesse Medina - keys & vocal
  • Ron Schauf - bass & vocal
  • Craig Twister Steward - harmonica, guitar & vocal


Craig Owens and The Bodo Ensemble

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Craig Owens and The Bodo Ensemble.....Progressive, intriguing, passionate, weird, post-modernistic, charismatic, funny, NPR meets Howdy-Doody, John Tesh meets Lord of the Rings... Yes, we're a band, no, we don't have a glockenspiel. Yes, we are from Kansas, no, we don't travel in covered wagons. Yes, we are near Dodge City Kansas, no, Matt Dillon and Festus are not still in office. Yes, we have heard of jazz, no, we do not have to huddle in a barn outside of town to listen to it. Yes, we have computers, no, we no longer feel that computers are the devil in a box. Who are we? We are The Bodo Ensemble.....that should speak for itself.

Jerry Hahn

Jerry Hahn

Jerry Hahn has long been recognized as one of jazz’s most influential guitarists. He became a major name in the 1960s and 1970s for his de facto contribution to the emerging fusion movement, and has remained one of its ardent promoters throughout his career.

Born in Nebraska September 21, 1940, he was raised in Kansas. He began playing the guitar at age 7. At age 11 he began playing professionally with the Bobby Wiley Rhythmaires, appearing daily on Wichita’s first television station KEDD. At 21 he moved to San Francisco, where he joined the John Handy Quintet in 1964, recording two albums for Columbia Records including the critically acclaimed “Live at Monterey”.

In 1967 he recorded his first album The Jerry Hahn Quintet for Arhoolie Records with Jack DeJohnette on drums. In 1968, he joined the Gary Burton Quartet with Roy Haynes and Steve Swallow, recording three albums and toured the United States, Europe, Canada, and Japan. Then, in 1970, he formed the Jerry Hahn Brotherhood, performing, touring, and recording for Columbia Records. In his book “The Jazz Book”, German born jazz authority Joachim Berendt noted the Jerry Hahn Brotherhood as being one of the “trailblazers of rock-jazz integration”. Jerry also began to write a monthly column for Guitar Player magazine entitled “Jerry Hahn’s Guitar Seminar” which continued for five years, and started work on his formidable book and CD Complete Jerry Hahn Method For Jazz Guitar for Mel Bay Publications.

In 1972, Hahn went back to Wichita, Kansas, where he became a full-time member of the Wichita State University faculty and established the degree program in jazz guitar. Hahn received a Doctor of Music degree from Berean Christian College in Long Beach, CA in 1983. After fifteen years at WSU, he relocated to Portland, Oregon, where he joined the Bennie Wallace Quartet, recording and touring the United States, Europe, and Japan. The movie sound track for White Men Can’t Jump features Jerry’s guitar playing.

In 1992 he moved to Denver, Colorado where he taught at the Colorado Institute of Art and performed, toured, and recorded with Ginger Baker (drummer with “Cream”). In 1995, Hahn joined the faculty of Portland State University and developed the curriculum for the Jazz Guitar program. In 2004, Jerry returned to hometown Wichita, Kansas, where he continues to perform, record, tour, and conduct clinics at Universities and schools.

Jerry Hahn, the innovative and dedicated musician, is one of the favorites of a younger generation of guitarists, including Bill Frisell, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, and Grant Geissman, all of whom have acknowledged Hahn’s influence.


Phil Mershon is Philmonious. Philmonious is a combination of the words phil+harmonious, as well as a tribute to jazz great, Thelonius Monk.

Phil grew up in Wichita, getting his first jazz gig playing at Lawrence Dumont Stadium with Andy Clark in the 8th grade. He has studied under Wichita jazz instructors Tom Fowler and Lisa Hittle. Because his work has moved him all over the country, Phil has played with jazz greats in Orlando, Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, San Diego and Denver.

Philmonious infuses a blend of jazz, rock and pop to old standards and new hits. When playing solo Phil is accompanied by tracks created by jazz greats Dave Curtis and Paul Langford as well as some originals. When playing duos, trios or quartets, he has a variety of local musicians he involves. Phil's wife, Audrey, also provides sultry vocals when the situation merits.

Phil plays tenor and soprano sax as well as the EWI (Electric Wind Instrument). He can play for sacred or secular concerts, parties, clubs or corporate events.

Phil's musical influences are: John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Michael Brecker, Kirk Whalum, The Yellowjackets, Joshua Redman, Gerald Albright, Justo Almario, Greg Vail, Sam Levine, Euge Groove, David Sanborn, Joel Frahm, Eric Marienthal, Spyrogyra.

Phil's songlist includes songs like: Misty, Georgia On My Mind, It Don't Mean a Thing, Blue Bossa, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, Just the Way You Are, Comin' Home Baby, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, My Favorite Things, Summertime, All of Me, Alice in Wonderland and many other songs from the 40s all the way up to today.

If you hire Phil for a party or corporate event, Phil can also write an original song to commemorate your anniversary, birthday, wedding, retirement or corporate function.

David Gear
Gear Connexion's CEO
(Chief Entertainment Officer)


David Gear, CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer)
Gear Connexion, LLC


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